McLaren Racing announced today that it has signed Daniel Ricciardo to a multi-year agreement to race for the team in the Formula One World Championship from 2021.
After Ferrari announced that it has signed Carlos Sainz for the coming F1 season, McLaren has confirmed that Daniel Ricciardo would be joining the Woking-based outfit as of 2021.
Born in Perth in 1989, Ricciardo made his F1 debut for the HRT Team in 2011. The following season saw the Australian join the Toro Rosso outfit where he spent a two-year tenure. Joining the quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel, he stepped up to Red Bull Racing in 2014. The seven-time GP winner left the energy drink-owned team at the end of 2018 and joined the Renault F1 Team last year.
The 30-year old Australian will join Britain’s Lando Norris.
Zak Brown, McLaren CEO commented the news with delight, stressing out that the arrival of the Australian race driver is expected to drive his team forward in its pursuit of getting back to winning ways.
“Signing Daniel is another step forward in our long-term plan and will bring an exciting new dimension to the team, alongside Lando. This is good news for our team, partners and of course our fans."
“I also want to pay tribute to Carlos for the excellent job he has been doing for McLaren in helping our performance recovery plan. He is a real team player and we wish him well for his future beyond McLaren," he said.